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It’s ‘Girl Power’ at Gomer Williams Solicitors!

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It’s ‘Girl Power’ at Gomer Williams Solicitors!

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It’s very much a case of ‘Girl Power’ at Gomer Williams Solicitors in Llanelli and Pontarddulais.

The legal firm has announced five new directors for the business – all women!

The exciting move sees the five promoted from their current roles as acting heads of departments.

Juliet Philips-James, senior director and owner of Gomer Williams Solictors, said:

“We are absolutely thrilled to be able to acknowledge the hard work of our senior staff members.

“We have a very healthy gender balance throughout the firm, but it is worth acknowledging the success of our five new women directors.

“There’s no glass ceiling at Gomer Williams solicitors and it is refreshing to see women empowered in this way. The five are all promoted on merit and they will all bring individual skills to the business – talents which will help the firm of Gomer Williams go from strength to strength.

“The promotions recognise the hard work of individuals and also act as a benchmark for the rapid growth of the business over the last 18 months – a testament to the hard work of all our employees.”

The five new directors are –

  • Sarah Lewis – Head of Conveyancing
  • Trina Wilkins – Head of Civil Litigation
  • Kate Clarke – Head of Wills and Probate
  • Laura Sherwood – Head of Crime
  • Lucy Williams – Head of Family

Gareth Gwyndaf Jones, senior director and owner, at Gomer Williams Solicitors, said:  

“2019 marks the 100th year of Gomer Williams and we are excited for the year ahead.

“We pride ourselves on the development of our staff members and the announcement of five new directors comes with a great sense of achievement.

“As one of the longest-established continually-trading companies in the area, we offer traditional values with a fresh approach.

“It’s been a delight to see the fresh-thinking applied to the business by our staff. Congratulations – Llongyfarchiadau – goes to all staff members and good luck wishes go to our new directors.”

About the new directors:

Sarah Lewisjoined the practice in 2017, bringing valuable expertise and extensive experience in the field of conveyancing and property law. Having built an admiral reputation, Sarah continues to receive referrals and recommendations from clients across the UK, which is testimony to the quality and efficiency of her service.

Trina Wilkinshas a particular interest in contentious probate. She is a member of the Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists (ACTAPS). She is experienced in dealing with Inheritance Act Claims, Will challenges, estate administration disputes, trust claims and disputed Court of Protection matters.

Kate Clarkehas vast experience in wills and probate and residential conveyancing. She specialises in elderly client work and is particularly sensitive to their needs. She has worked in a variety of small local practices and larger international firms and has a wealth of experience in her field.

Laura Sherwoodjoined Gomer Williams in 2013 and is very popular with clients. She is a proven strong advocate both at the police station and in court. Laura’s knowledge of the law and approachable personality is such that she is regarded as one of the ‘go-to’ criminal lawyers in the South Wales. 

Lucy Williamsis a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives and practices within our busy Family Law Team. She works with individuals and families across the region to provide compassionate, clear and confident legal solutions to a variety of family and childcare law issues. Lucy is a real success story for Gomer Williams. She started with the firm as a legal assistant and has flourished through the ranks to now become a director. 

About the Gomer Williams centenary:

Gareth Gwyndaf Jones, senior director and owner, at Gomer Williams Solicitors, said:  

“We are very much focused on the future development of Gomer Williams and looking forward to some special celebrations for our centenary year.

“We take pride in the fact that Gomer Williams is widely-regarded as a fresh-thinking problem-solving law firm which can combine traditional values with a fresh approach.”

Gomer Williams Solicitors plan to support various causes within the local community during the firm’s centenary year

The firm sponsors Welsh Premier League football side Llanelli Town AFC (The Reds), Garden Village AFC. The business also works with the Maggie’s cancer care unit in Swansea.

Juliet Philips-James is on the board of Threshold, the domestic abuse charity in Llanelli, and is the legal columnist for the Llanelli Star and Llanelli Online. 


Group of five (left to right) – Laura Sherwood, Kate Clarke, Lucy Williams, Trina Wilkins and Sarah Williams.

Group of seven (left to right) – Juliet Phillips-James, co-owner, Laura Sherwood, Kate Clarke, Lucy Williams, Trina Wilkins, Sarah Williams and Gareth Gwyndaf Jones, co-owner.

About Gomer Williams:

The firm of Gomer Williams was established in Llanelli in 1919, making it one of the oldest continually-trading companies in the area. The firm celebrates its centenary in 2019.

In 2017, Gomer Williams Solicitors acquired Randell Lloyd and Martin Solicitors (also known as RLJM). The acquisition made Gomer Williams one of the largest firms in Llanelli, with offices in John Street (the historic home office) and Murray Street (the former RLJM office).

The company mission is to provide the people and businesses of Llanelli and West Wales with competitive, high quality legal services.

In 2018, Gomer Williams Solicitors opened an office in Teilo Street in Pontarddulais.

The firm employs 32 people and operates across the full range of legal services in both English and Welsh. The firm is accredited to the Lexcel legal practice quality mark.

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